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What Philanthropy Can Learn from Healthcare Benchmarking

February 29, 2020

Performance measurement is an important dilemma facing the philanthropic sector. Charities with similar missions may operate in parallel but lack shared, validated yardsticks with which to assess their social impact and efficiency. Other sectors facing similar needs have made notable strides in performance measurement. Healthcare, in particular, offers a useful analogy. Considerable recent progress in healthcare performance measurement invites emulation. This paper examines these developments and how the nonprofit sector can adapt them to benchmark performance.

Improving Access to Palliative Care

May 12, 2014

This collection brings together evidence and insights about the millions of people who are denied access to palliative care and what organizations worldwide are doing to help them.

Special Topic Trends

Advancing Human Rights: The State of Global Foundation Grantmaking - Health and Well-being Rights

January 1, 2013

Infographic depicting global funding for health and well-being rights.

Special Topic Trends

Key Facts on Georgia Foundations 2012

January 1, 2012

In 2009, Georgia foundation assets held steady at nearly $11 billion. Charitable giving by the state's foundations grew a surprising 7 percent as a result of increased giving by several significant funders. Key Facts on Georgia Foundations provides the latest statistical data and snapshot views of Georgia foundations' total giving and assets, as well as their giving patterns outlined by major subject and support type.

Regional Trends

Key Facts on Bay Area Foundations 2011

June 23, 2011

Since 2000, foundations in the Bay Area reported faster growth in total giving and assets compared to California and U.S. foundations overall. These grantmakers awarded $3.1 billion in 2009, a 77% increase over 2000, and their assets rose 34% during the same ten years, despite a steep decline in 2008. Key Facts on Bay Area Foundations examines the assets and giving of 2,498 private and community foundations in the Bay Area and provides lists of top foundations and snapshot views of their giving patterns by major subject and support type.

Regional Trends

Benchmarking Foundation Administrative Expenses: How Operating Characteristics Affect Spending

April 1, 2011

Policy discussions of foundations often focus on how much they spend on administrative activities relative to their grantmaking and programmatic activities. Foundations themselves seek guidance on this question from their peers and professional associations. Yet often missing in these discussions is the need to consider foundation differences -- such as size, operating characteristics, and programmatic activities -- when assessing foundations' administrative and operating expenses. These differences are profound even among the nation's largest independent foundations.

Special Topic Trends

The Global Role of U.S. Foundations

May 1, 2010

This study, written by Joan Spero during her two-year tenure as visiting fellow at the Foundation Center, draws upon interviews with foundation presidents, program officers, and philanthropic experts; Foundation Center data; and Ms. Spero's own past experience as president of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to paint a detailed historical picture of international work by U.S. foundations from the Cold War to the present. It focuses on how foundations have addressed five global challenges -- health disparities, poverty, climate change, democracy and civil society, and peace and security -- and raises important questions regarding the assessment of foundation impact, the role of foundations in global governance, and institutional accountability.

International Trends

Spotlight on Health Grantmaking in Georgia 2007

May 1, 2007

In 2005, 108 foundations gave $88 million in health grants to Georgia recipients, according to Spotlight on Health Grantmaking in Georgia. This report includes statistical charts and tables based on the Center's annual grants sample and a mini-directory of Georgia-based health funders. It also includes a statistical snapshot of Georgia's health rankings produced by the Healthcare Georgia Foundation.

Spotlight on Health Grantmaking in California

May 1, 2006

In this report, we shine a spotlight on health grantmaking in California. We hope this brief look at California grantmakers and recipients and those outside California that support the state's health programs will help you gain insights about the state of health philanthropy in California.This report includes statistical charts and tables based on the Center's annual grants sample, a mini-directory of significant health funders in California, and a profile of the California Endowment's new Center for Healthy Communities.

Regional Trends

Spotlight on Health Grantmaking in Georgia 2006

May 1, 2006

In 2005, 108 foundations gave $88 million in health grants to Georgia recipients, according to Spotlight on Health Grantmaking in Georgia. This report includes statistical charts and tables based on the Center's annual grants sample and a mini-directory of Georgia-based health funders. It also includes a statistical snapshot of Georgia's health rankings produced by the Healthcare Georgia Foundation.

Regional Trends

Spotlight on Health Grantmaking in Ohio 2006

May 1, 2006

We are pleased to present this brief exploration into health grantmaking for the second consecutive year and hope that it will help you gain insights into the state of health grantmaking in Ohio.This report includes statistical charts and tables based on the Center's annual grants sample, a mini-directory, and profiles of top grantmakers and recipients.

Regional Trends

Foundations Today: Foundation Giving Trends, 2006 edition (Highlights)

March 2, 2006

Foundation funding for most major program areas rebounded in 2004, following a two-year decline in giving. Among the close to 1,200 larger private and community foundations included in the Foundation Center's annual grants sample, grant dollars rose 8.1 percent between 2003 and 2004 to $15.5 billion. The number of grants awarded increased a more modest 4.8 percent, from 120,721 to 126,497.

National Trends